GGHT’s Employment Team support one new resident into work every day in May
Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education
GGHT's Employment Initiatives Team
Golden Gates Housing Trust’s (GGHT) Employment Team, have successfully supported 31 of its residents into work during May. That’s one job for every day of the month!
The 31 jobs are with a wide range of employers from across Warrington and the surrounding area, including HM Prison Service (Risley), Arriva Runcorn, American Golf, Travis Perkins, Sofaworks, Maplin, Tesco and Toby Carvery.
Additionally, three of the jobs residents successfully gained in May were with Cheshire Fencing, Livewire & Total Glass. These companies all recruited local people through GGHT and Warrington Borough Council’s Employer Wage Incentive programme.
The job roles have been promoted by GGHT’s Employment Initiatives Team through its weekly job clubs across the town and on social media. Since 2012 the team has helped over 260 of its tenants and their family members into employment, as well as providing additional access to training and volunteering opportunities. They remain on target to support up to 450 local residents into employment by the end of 2015.
The Wage Incentive Scheme was launched by GGHT and WBC in 2013 and offers local voluntary sector organisations and small/medium sized employers an incentivised package of between £3,000 and £5,000 to provide apprenticeships and jobs with training. GGHT’s Employment Team are also able to offer those taking part free recruitment services and in work support to ensure companies gain the right employee for their business needs.
GGHT offers a range of free training opportunities for its tenants and their family members. Many residents have also applied to and have been successful in gaining funds form the GGHT Employability Fund, enabling them to buy new clothes for interviews, a bicycle to get to work and printing of leaflets to promote their new self employment services.
GGHT Employment Engagement Officer, Clare Sing said: “I am excited about being able to offer this incentive to local employers. To date it has enabled small businesses to recruit and increase their workforce and productivity and provide valuable job opportunities to Warrington residents.”
GGHT resident and Positive Change member, Margaret Hitchman said: “I would advise anyone who is out of work, lacking in confidence and feeling down, to get in touch with The Positive Change team, they will help and support you in all of the processes of helping to find work.”
Anyone who lives in one of the Trust’s properties and would like additional support getting into employment, training or volunteering can register on Positive Change. If you’re a small or medium size business and want to benefit from the wage incentive scheme then contact GGHT’s Positive Change initiative by visiting www.gght.org.uk/positivechange, calling 0800 25 26 27 and asking to speak to the Employment Team or alternatively follow the team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gghtpositivechange